Erste Group Bank's non-performing loans reached 4.94% of total loans at the end of 2016, down from 7.06% when compared to the previous year. Historically, the NPL ratio hit an all time high of 9.63% in 2013 and an all time low of 2.17% in 2000.
Provision coverage amounted to 69.1% at the end of 2016, up from 64.5% compared to a year earlier.
The bank created loan loss provisions worth of 0.153% of average loans in 2016. That's compared to 1.10% of loans the bank put aside to its cost on average in the last five years.
When compared to bank's main peers, OTP Group operated at the end of 2016 with NPL ratio of 14.7% and provision coverage of 96.8%.